Cookie Decorating Workshop for Children + Grandparents

In collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center we are beyond excited to co-present a cookie workshop for children and their grandparents Wednesday March 28th from 3:30 -4:30pm

Kathy Parchuck, children’s library assistant teams up with culinary artist Theresa Corrigan, proud grandmother of eight and former student of the Culinary Institute of America. Theresa will share her icing techniques and whimsical style to help you and the little ones turn sugar cookies into edible works of art. While this program focuses on grandparents and grandchildren, families in general are warmly invited.

So hippity hop on over to the library with your favorite Easter bunny to create festive springtime treats!

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.

To register for this workshop, call 518.828.1792 x101, email, or visit the main desk in the library.


Summer Reading Program

Only the most recent five Summer Reading Programs are shown here. Go to Summer Reading Programs Archive for complete listings

Posted: August 2, 2017
Children, News, Programs, Services, Summer Reading

Herb Craft with Wild Gather

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Wild Gather: Hudson Valley School of Herbal Studies for a special hands on two hour workshop for kids ages 9-16 on Tuesday, August 15 from 2-4 pm. 
Join us for an afternoon exploring herbalism and ways we can take care of our selves and each other. Participants will craft two herbal remedies, ( medicine made from plants!) that support our bodies and spirits while also unpacking the history and resiliency of making our own medicine. Hope to see you there!
Space is limited! So sign up now!
To register for workshop please email , call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the circulation desk at Hudson Area Library.

Posted: July 25, 2017
Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Hack The Library Returns!

We are extremely excited to announce the return of Hack The Library! A two-day intensive on digital art for tweens and teens running Sunday, August 6 -Monday, August 7 from 10-4pm. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Participant being taught Abelton Live at Hack The Library.

Participants, 9 – 17 years old will learn how to create music, gifs and videos using computers and smart phones. Youth participants will collaborate with digital arts professionals currently working in the field.  

Digital art is a medium that uses digital technology to create works of art. Participants will learn how to use the differing programs necessary to construct, share and maximize ideas culminating in a collaborative session in which participants will create a new website on site at Hudson Area Library. 

Instructors include Angelina Dreem, musician and visual artist; Eliza Walton, electronic music producer and teaching artist for Sonic Arts for All; and Ariele Hertzoff; professional photographer, curator and video/sound installation artist.  

This program is free to all participants. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and forms are available at the circulation desk in the library. For questions or further information please call 518-828-1792 x101 or email:

POWRPLNT is a digital arts collaborative that connects established artists with teens on free interest driven art projects; introducing the history, software and tools of New Media art. They are based in Bushwick; this is their second workshop in Hudson NY.


Posted: July 19, 2017
Children, Programs, Summer Reading

Pajama Plays

Original illustration by Emilia Ortiz, Teen Theatre participant.

We are pleased to announce on Sunday, July 30 and Monday, July 31 from 6-7pm we will be hosting performances of original short plays created from childhood stories by the Hudson Area’s Library own Teen Theatre Program Players!

Kids ages 4-8  are invited to arrive in their pajamas with their pillows  for this magical theatre experience  – with  milk and cookies following the show. Of course families of all ages are welcome to join us too

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation.


Posted: July 14, 2017
Adults, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Living Poetry at the Library: Douglas Kearney and Harmony Holiday

Photo by Rafael Hernandez

Douglas Kearney and Harmony Holiday, are coming to the Hudson Area Library on Tuesday, August 1 at 7pm. Join us in the library’s community room for an evening of breathtaking and incisive multi-media performance.

Living Poetry at the Library is an unusual collaboration between four local arts-and-education organizations: the New York State Writers Institute, Fence, the Hudson Area Library, and the Poetry Home School.

Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer and librettist whose work defies labels and expands boundaries by bridging themes such as politics, African-American culture and hip-hop music while employing nontraditional layouts he calls “performative typography.” The Los Angeles Times said Kearney is “using a multicultural voice inflected with the concerns of what it means to be a young black man at this time and at this place.” Kearney’s book Mess and Mess and (2015) was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection that Publishers Weekly called “an extraordinary book.” He was the guest editor for 2015’s Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan). He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others. Kearney received his BA from Howard University and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley and teaches at CalArts.

Harmony Holiday is the author of three groundbreaking books of poetry that push at the elasticity of language and memory, poems and prose. Publishers Weekly described her debut volume Negro League Baseball (2011) as “chaotic and mesmerizing, with sex, violence, music, history and semantics moving at breakneck speed.” Holiday is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation in 2013. She earned a BA in rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA at Columbia University. She is a choreographer who has taught dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She lives in Los Angeles and is the founder of Mythscience, an arts collective devoted to cross-disciplinary work and to creating an Afrosonics archive of jazz and everyday diaspora poetics.

The New York State Writers Institute and its affiliate, the University at Albany-based literary press Fence—publisher of Holiday and Kearney—are cosponsoring the poetry event along with the Hudson Area Library and Poetry Home School, an annual poetry conference which takes Hudson, NY as its home.

This program is free and open to the public and will be taking place in the community room which is wheelchair accessible.


Posted: June 30, 2017
Children, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Summer Reading Begins!

We are excited to be kicking off our free Summer Reading Program. Led by children’s librarian Janice Scali and Marlene Parmentier, MC Smith Intermediate teacher, our Summer Reading Program for kids includes book readings and stories, lessons on a variety of topics, arts and crafts projects and fun physical activities for kids! There will also be guests reading with the children and making special presentations throughout the summer.

The Summer Reading Program will run from July 5 through August 11, meeting daily Tuesday through Friday from 10am-noon. Recommended for pre-k to elementary school aged children. All ages are welcome.

We will also be bringing the Summer Reading Program for kids to Greenport Town Park this summer. Library staff will visit with children Monday mornings during the Greenport Summer Recreation Program. The Park’s Summer Recreation Program runs for six-weeks from July 5 through August 12, Monday-Friday from 8AM – 2PM. Registration is required. Visit for more info.

Library members are also invited to log their reading this summer. Let’s see how many books we can read as a community! Each time you read a book this summer, submit your book info via our online Summer Reading Book Log or pick up a paper book log at the library, the Greenport Town Park Little Free Library or the Greenport Town Hall Little Free Library. Happy Summer Reading!


Only the most recent five Summer Reading Programs are shown here. Go to Summer Reading Programs Archive for complete listings


Spring Break Activities in the Children’s Room

Kids Break Week

During the Hudson City School District’s Spring Break, the Children’s Room will offer special programming each day as well as our regularly scheduled programming. We hope you’ll join us! All ages welcome!


Poetry & Songs en Espanol
Tuesday, April 15, 12pm-2pm

Will Pflaum, of Hudson’s new homeschool group HATCH, will translate an old Spanish poem that has never before been translated into English. Pflaum, who will instruct this program entirely in Spanish, will also teach kids a song from Argentina & have his guitar & drums on hand for some musical fun!

Kids Fun Night
Tuesday, April 15, 3:30pm-7:30pm


Pre-K Story Hour
Wednesday, April 16, 10am-11am

What Can You Make With an Egg Carton?
Wednesday, April 16, 12pm-5pm

A critter garden. A flower wreath. Tulips, goggles, fish, ships, owls, & turtles! Use recycled cardboard egg cartons to make any of these ideas, or come up with your own!

Scholarshop with Operation Unite
Wednesday, April 16, 4pm-5pm

ESL Language Enrichment
Wednesday, April 16, 6pm-8pm


Pre-K Story Hour
Thursday, April 17, 10am-11am

Make Your Garden Grow!
Thursday, April 17th from 12-5pm

The Kids First Initiative, the Hudson Community Garden, & the HCSD Enrichment Initiative have collaborated for this exciting program. We will plant basil, parsley, lavender, mint, calendula, marigold, lemon balm & kale seeds using paper towel tubes & organic soil. Information will be provided on how to care for your plants at home & ideas for using your herbs, flowers, & veggies in recipes & teas.


Hear a Poem, Draw a Picture!
Friday, April 18th from 12pm-3pm

During this program, kids will listen to poems & use their imaginations to draw pictures of what’s happening in the poems.


April Children’s Programs

earth day

In April, we celebrate National Poetry Month & Earth Day on April 22. Throughout the month, the Children’s Room will host activities that celebrate our amazing Earth, including recycled art, seed planting, & an educational nature program. In honor of National Poetry Month, we will have a special workshop with poetry & songs in Spanish & a program where we invite kids to draw pictures of what comes to their imaginations while listening to poems. The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will wrap up the month with a Kids Poetry Reciting Contest. During the Hudson City School District’s Spring Break, the Children’s Room will have extra staff hours: Tues., April 15 (12-8PM), Wed. April 16 (10AM-8PM), Thurs., April 17 & Fri., April 18 (10AM-5PM). The Children’s Room special events calendar is listed below. To see a list of ongoing programs, visit our programs page on our website.

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